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Another day in paradise...surfers enjoying the day with rare waves...

THURSDAY EDITION: Forecasters fricked this one up but so glad Rockport, MA missed the storm, just rain.....deciding if I want to stay another week or two...no hurry to get home yet..


HAM RADIO in Friedrichshafen Puts Scouts in the Spotlight

“Radio Scouting — The Adventure of Youth Amateur Radio” is the theme for the 43rd edition of the international Amateur Radio exhibition, HAM RADIO, in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

“In past years, we have presented exhibits that have shown all of the different settings where radio is used,” said the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club’s (DARC) Stephanie Heine, DO7PR. “This year, we have invited Scouts who are active on the airwaves.” Visitors will be able to learn more about radio Scouting at an exhibition and at a booth at the Friedrichshafen Fairgrounds (Die Messe). “In addition, a huge yurt tent and a pioneering tower will be put up on the West Open Air Grounds,” Heine said.

After taking place in late June for many years, Europe’s largest Amateur Radio gathering has more recently become a bit of a moving target. This year’s show will shift to June 1 – 3, in conjunction with the 69th Lake Constance Convention — both organized by the DARC — and the separate, but concurrent, Maker Faire. HAM RADIO once again will host a Software-Defined Radio Academy (SDRA) conference and HamCamp on Lake Constance, for younger visitors and youth groups.

In 2017, when the events were held in mid-July, the attendance for both events was more than 17,100. This year’s event features some 180 exhibitors from 30 countries.

President Rick Roderick, K5UR, will head ARRL’s contingent to HAM RADIO 2018, which will also include ARRL International Affairs Vice President Jay Bellows, K0QB; Marketing Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R; Field Services and Radiosport Manager Norm Fusaro, W3IZ, and Radiosport Administrative Manager Sabrina Jackson.

On hand for the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) will be IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA; Vice President Ole Garpestad, LA2RR, and Technical Representative Dale Hughes, VK1DSH. An informal international meeting of IARU member-society representatives is set for June 1. Germany also will host World Radiosport Team Championship 2018 (WRTC 2018) July 12 – 16.

For those who have never been, HAM RADIO 2017 is the focus of an independent video featuring interviews with radio amateurs from many countries. Although the video starts out with German speakers, it contains plenty of English, and a few other languages as well. — Thanks to HAM RADIO; Thomas Wrede, DF2OO, and Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R

Radio is dead - long live Audio

'As we constantly move towards the future, radio itself is probably dead, but audio is not. We are living through a golden age of audio'

Radiodays Europe, which took place in Vienna March 18-20, is the annual conference for radio professionals with some 1500 participants from 62 countries.

In his presentation WIRED magazine's Ben Hammersley said “We know from our own behaviour, let alone consumers, we’re going to buy an iPhone 12 – we’re not going to buy a DAB radio,” he said before displaying a slide about the death of radio.

"We are living through a golden age of audio, more people are listening that ever before and the diversity of programme is better than ever.

“So what should broadcasters do to take advantage of this golden age?
We need to adapt legacy free technology and reinvent our processes – the world is ours for the taking!”

Read the Radio Today story at

WEDNESDAY EDITION: A chilly start to the day, 60° and breezy.....

Radio Amateurs pitch-in to help as storms hit northeast

Amateur Radio volunteers with WX1BOX at the National Weather Service in Taunton, Massachusetts, and various ARES groups had their hands full during March, as Mother Nature’s hat trick of nor’easters brought severe weather conditions and a lot of snow to the northeastern US

The ARRL says:

The storms caused the Cape Cod ARES team to extend activations for SKYWARN, WX1BOX, and regional shelter operations.

“This has been a very active period of significant severe weather for the region after a relatively quiet stretch from late January through the end of February,” observed Rob Macedo, KD1CY, the Eastern Massachusetts Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator for SKYWARN.

The first in the trio of nor’easters — on March 2 and 3 — brought mostly heavy rain and wet snow to parts of Massachusetts, Connecticut, eastern New York, and northern New England. Strong to damaging winds swept central and southern New England, with hurricane-force gusts across southeastern New England and Cape Cod and the Islands. The storm caused severe coastal flooding across multiple high-tide cycles.

WX1BOX volunteers were active for 17 hours straight, and afterward, some continued to monitor high tides and strong winds, which persisted into the weekend. The volunteers handled more than 1,000 reports of wind damage, wind gusts measured 40 MPH or higher, localized road flooding from heavy rainfall, and coastal flooding. At the height of the storm, nearly a half million customers in Massachusetts alone lost electrical power. Macedo said Amateur Radio nets were active on repeaters, and on the New England reflector on EchoLink® conference node 9123/*NEW-ENG3*/IRLP 9123 system.

Read the full ARRL story at

Wake Island Operation to Make Rare Grid Available

Starting in April, Philip Gairson, N7NVK, will begin working on Wake Island, which is in grid RK39 for those participating in the 2018 ARRL International Grid Chase (IGC). His schedule calls for 3 months on the island, and then 1 month off — a pattern that will repeat over the course of about a year. Wake is 12 hours ahead of UTC.

Gairson does not yet know what days or times he will be on the air, but he plans to post his availability on his QRZ.com profile page and notify ARRL to include it in its DX bulletin. Contacting him could prove challenging. He’s taking along an Elecraft KX3 along with a G5RV or Buddipole for an antenna, running low power. He will operate split, and he asks for patience because he’s not used to being the focus of a pileup. Internet connectivity on Wake will be limited, but he plans to use LoTW. — Thanks to The Daily DX

TUESDAY EDITION: The fourth northeaster in 4 weeks is on the way to New England, yikes, 6-12 inches forecast in my hometown. I hope it is all melted by the time I get home....

Crozet and Glorioso Islands will probably stay rare for now

A letter written by Sebastien, F5UFX, was sent out to the media this past weekend explaining the status of Amateur Radio from the French overseas territories and their project for an expedition to Crozet and Glorioso Islands.

Currently, DXpeditions to Crozet (FT/W) and Glorioso Islands (FT/G) seem unlikely due to the many TAAF island restrictions for protecting the birds, ecosystems and safeguarding biodiversity.

The length of the letter is too long to publish here, but can be read online at the following Web sites:
DXNEWS.COM - https://dxnews.com/crozet-glorioso
DX-WORLD.NET - https://dx-world.net/project-for-an-expedition-to-crozet-and-glorioso-islands

Arthur Collins W0CXX

The Gazette looks back on the achievements of a Cedar Rapids inventor Arthur Collins W0CXX, who pushed communication boundaries and led a Fortune 500 company

“LOCAL BOY PICKS UP ARCTIC MESSAGE,” screamed The Gazette’s banner headline on Aug. 3, 1925.

The local boy was 15-year-old Arthur Collins, the only person in the United States who was able to pick up a radioed message from the Donald MacMillan scientific expedition’s ship, the Bowdoin, in Etah, Greenland, more than 2,500 miles from Cedar Rapids.

Collins and the ship’s radio operator, John Reinartz, were friends and had experimented with shorter wavelengths in radio communications. The Bowdoin had been able to communicate briefly with New England stations on longer waves. But it obtained sustained communications with Collins, a teenager in Cedar Rapids, with 20-meter “skips” during most of the expedition’s 22 days.

“The boy has constructed a radio set with a better low-wave length reception than any other set in the country, and he also can be heard at far distant points with more ease than any other American set,” a Gazette editorial writer noted on Aug. 11.

Collins relayed the ship’s messages by telegraph to three recipients: the National Geographic Society, sponsor of the expedition; the American Radio Relay League at Hartford, Conn.; and Reinartz’s wife in South Manchester, Conn.

Collins was a student at the old Washington High School at the time and had been a radio enthusiast for several years. He set up his radio equipment on the third floor of his parents’ home at 514 Fairview Dr. SE in Cedar Rapids, with the radio call letters of 9CXX.

Read the full story at

MONDAY EDITION: Wow, it's foggy out....Has anyone tried out the MFJ 1204 digital interface rather than using the SignalLink or West Mountain unit? I might buy one and try digital again, I had a SignalLink years ago and hooked it up to an Icom 7000 but got bored after a few contacts, also tried SSTV, now that was funny. I received some wild photos from some old geezers...

Nice shack photo from Mike- N1XW..

International Space Station Astronauts Calling “CQ Students”

The deadline is April 30 for US schools, museums, science centers, and community youth organizations (working individually or together) to submit proposals to host an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact with an orbiting crew member on the International Space Station (ISS). Contacts would be scheduled between January 1 and June 30, 2019.

Each year, ARISS provides tens of thousands of students with opportunities to learn about space technologies and communications through Amateur Radio. The program provides learning opportunities by connecting students to astronauts aboard the ISS through a partnership between ARRL, AMSAT, and NASA, as well as other Amateur Radio organizations and worldwide space agencies. The program’s goal is to inspire students to pursue interests and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and Amateur Radio.

“Educators overwhelmingly report that student participation in the ARISS program stimulates interest in STEM subjects and in STEM careers,” ARISS said in announcing the contact opportunities. “As one educator wrote, ‘It exceeded our expectations — it created a great interest in both Amateur Radio and in space exploration. Our kids are completely inspired!’”

More than 90% of educators who have participated in the program have indicated that ARISS provided ideas for encouraging student exploration and participation. Some of them even become radio amateurs after experiencing a contact with an ISS crew member.

ARISS is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed, exciting education plan. Students can learn about satellite communications, wireless technology, science research conducted on the ISS, radio science, and any related STEM subject. Students learn to use Amateur Radio to talk directly to an astronaut and ask their STEM-related questions. ARISS will help educational organizations locate Amateur Radio groups who can assist with equipment for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students.

Proposal webinars for guidance and getting questions answers will be offered on Thursday, March 29, at 7 PM EDT (0000 UTC on Friday, March 30) and on Monday, April 16, at 4 PM EDT (2100 UTC). Advance registration is required. More details, such as expectations, proposal guidelines, and the proposal form, are on the ARISS website. — Thanks to ARISS via Dave Jordan, AA4KN

Two 9-year-olds complete Indonesian ham radio exam

Two young people aged 9 were among the 291 people who took the amateur radio exam in Surabaya using the new online State Amateur Radio Examination (UNAR) and Licensing system

The Indonesian Government regulator reports that Muhammad Raihan Yudhistira and Raditya Danish Pratama were the first children participants in the online exam which was held on November 5, 2017.

The article doesn't clarify if the 9-year-olds were actually able to get an amateur license after passing the exam. It appears that the amateur radio regulations in Indonesia ban young people under 14 from holding an amateur license......ARRL take notice

Read the full story at http://sdppi.kominfo.go.id/info_view_c_27_p_3302.htm

Waiting for a six meter opening,,,,,

HF Voyager

David, AA6YQ, author of DXLab - 'Better DXing Through (Free) Software', posted the following: 'Jupiter Research Foundation Amateur Radio Club (JRFARC) has integrated an HF transceiver with an autonomous ocean-going drone. Our mission is to deploy a ham radio station that roams the world's oceans while providing an opportunity for amateur radio operators everywhere to make contacts with rare locations.'

"We sent this new Voyager out to the open ocean on its way to California on January 15th, 2018 as a passenger on the JRF HUMPACs mission. As they search for 'missing' humpback whales, JRF's pilots will guide HF Voyager to sections of the Equatorial North Pacific that are not normally available to ham operators. The station will use FT8 and PSK-31 on the 20 meter band as its primary operating modes. You may also find it using WSPR in times of poor propagation."
See http://www.jrfarc.org/hf-voyager/
The portal in http://hfvportal.jrfarc.org/ takes a minute or two to display data.

The club plans to give a certificate of recognition to operators world-wide that have a confirmed contact with the HF Voyager. In the future we hope to collaborate with Amateur Radio organizations and publishers to sponsor operating events and contests for HF Voyager contact milestones.

Gridsquare collectors, maritime operating fans, Islands on the Air participants, and all other hams interested in this unique opportunity to make a contact with an autonomous roving maritime station should find this to be an exciting new aspect of their favorite hobby.

Be sure to check out our HF Voyager Blog for updates and schedules:

BBC to shelve FM switch-off plan

The Daily Mail reports the BBC has cancelled plans to switch-off FM radio broadcasts and force millions of listeners to tune into digital transmissions

The corporation is set to announce FM will remain as part of a 'hybrid' future that will operate alongside DAB and the internet.

'We all once thought that DAB was the only digital future of radio, but audiences want choice,' BBC Director Bob Shennan will tell a radio industry conference in Vienna.

Read the full story at

New England Hams you might run across on 39xx (secret frequency).........

K1TP- Jon....Editor of As The World Turns....
N1XW.....Mike-easy going, Harley riding kind of guy!
K1JEK-Joe...Easy going, can be found at most ham flea market ...Cobra Antenna builder..
KA1GJU- Kriss- Tower climbing pilot who cooks on the side at Hosstrader's...
W1GWU-Bob....one of the Hosstrader's original organizers, 75 meter regular, Tech Wizard!!!
K1PV- Roger....75 meter regular, easy going guy...
W1XER...Scott....easy going guy, loves to split cordwood and hunt...
WS1D- Warren- "Windy" - Bullnet
KB1VX- Barry- the picture says it all, he loves food!
KC1BBU- Bob....the Mud Duck from the Cape Cod Canal, making a lot of noise.
W1STS- Scott...philosopher, hat
KB1JXU- Matthew...75 meter regular...our token liberal Democrat out of VT

KA1BXB-Don....75 meter Regular......residing on the Cape of Cod, flying planes and playing radio
KMIG-Rick....75 Meter Regular....teaches the future of mankind, it's scary!
K1PEK-Steve..Founder of Davis-RF....my best friend from high school 

K9AEN-John...Easy going ham found at all the hamfests
K1BXI- John.........Dr. Linux....fine amateur radio op ....wealth of experience...
K1BQT.....Rick....very talented ham, loves his politics, has designed gear for MFJ...
W1KQ- Jim-  Retired
Air Force Controller...told quite a few pilots where to go!
N1OOL-Jeff- The 3936 master plumber and ragchewer...
K1BRS-Bruce- Computer Tech of 3936...multi talented kidney stone passing ham...
K1BGH- Arthur, Cape Cod, construction company/ice cream shop, hard working man....
W1VAK- Ed, Cape Cod, lots of experience in all areas, once was a Jacques Cousteus body guard....
KD1ZY- Warren....3910 regular
N1IOM- Paul.....3910 test king....testing......always right....
N1YSU- Bob,  easy going, kind of like Mr. Rogers until politics are brought up then watch out...
K1BNH- Bill- Used to work for a bottled gas company-we think he has been around nitrous oxide to long .


Silent KeyVA2GJB- Graham...one of the good 14313 guys back in the day...RIP...
Silent Key
WB1DVD- Gil....Gilly..Gilmore.....easy going, computer parts selling, New England Ham..
Silent KeyKB1CJG-"Cobby"- Low key gent can be found on many of the 75 meter nets.........
Silent KeyWB1AAZ- Mike, Antrim, NH, auto parts truck driver-retired

Silent Key W1OKQ- Jack....3936 Wheeling and Dealing......keeping the boys on there toes.... Silent KeyVA2GJB- Graham...one of the good 14313 guys back in the day...RIP...
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WB1DVD- Gil....Gilly..Gilmore.....easy going, computer parts selling, New England Ham..
Silent KeyKB1CJG-"Cobby"- Low key gent can be found on many of the 75 meter nets.........
Silent KeyWB1AAZ- Mike, Antrim, NH, auto parts truck driver-retired
Silent Key W1OKQ- Jack....3936 Wheeling and Dealing......keeping the boys on there toes....
Silent Key W1TCS- Terry....75 meter regular, wealth of electronic knowledge...
Silent Key WIPNR- Mack....DXCC Master, worked them all!.. 3864 regular for many years...
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WILIM- Hu....SK at 92... 3864 regular for many years...
Silent Key N1SIE- Dave....Loves to fly
Silent Key:
N1WBD- Big Bob- Tallest ham, at 6'10", of the 3864 group
Silent Key: W1FSK-Steve....Navy Pilot, HRO Salesman, has owned every radio ever built!
Silent Key: W4NTI-Vietnam Dan....far from easy going cw and ssb op on 14275/313
Silent Key:K1FUB-Bill- Loved ham radio....